Adreian Payne was reportedly shot while trying to prevent domestic dispute


According to a report from ESPN, court documents released on Tuesday indicate that former Michigan State star Adreian Payne was fatally shot after he was trying to help prevent a domestic dispute involving his killer (Lawrence Dority) and Dority’s girlfriend.

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It began with Payne and his girlfriend, going to the home of Dority, per the request of Dority’s girlfriend Tatiana Mesa, to “prevent any physical violence” during a domestic dispute.

From ESPN:

Payne and his girlfriend were parked near the home of Dority, who arrived with his father in his father’s car. Dority, per witnesses, approached Payne near his vehicle.

Dority and witnesses offer different accounts of what happened next. Dority, who is 5-foot-8, told authorities he felt threatened by 6-10 Payne because of his size and claimed Payne told him, “I’ll smoke you, brah” during an argument. He said Payne started to reach for what he thought was a weapon before Dority walked into his residence, retrieved a gun and fired the single shot that killed Payne.

No firearms were found in Payne’s vehicle.

Dority, who is 29, pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges against him.


According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s office in Orlando, Florida, former Michigan State standout Adreian Payne was shot and killed at 1:37 a.m. on May 9.

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“Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2500 block of Egret Shores Drive regarding a shooting. A male in his 30s who had been shot, later identified as Adreian Payne (DOB: 2/19/1991), was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

“The shooter, later identified as Lawrence Dority, (DOB 2/17/1993) stayed at the scene and was transported to OSCO headquarters where he was interviewed by homicide detectives. Dority has been arrested on a warrant for First Degree Murder and transported to the Orange County Jail.”

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According to a confirmation tweet from Chris Solari, former Michigan State standout and fan-favorite Adreian Payne has died at the age of 31.

Solari was confirming an earlier tweet from former Ohio State star, Jared Sullinger.

There are no reports at this time as to Payne’s cause of death.

The former Spartan big man played 4 seasons for Michigan State before becoming a first-round pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Adreian Payne during this most difficult time.

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One year ago today the world lost an amazing young lady when Lacey Holsworth passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. On Tuesday night, Michigan State University students did their best to make sure Princess Lacey’s memory will continue to live on as they painted The Rock.

Lacey, who was only 8-years old, made a lasting impact not only at Michigan State University but throughout the college basketball community and further.

Lacey’s story really gained attention as she became close with former Spartan basketball player Adreian Payne and the rest of the MSU basketball team. She was often shown and mentioned throughout Michigan State’s 2014 March Madness run and became loved throughout the nation.

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